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  • Classic canvas luxury tents on a Big 5 conservancy harken back to the explorers of yesteryear
  • Intimate camp accommodates only 10 guests and offers personalised service
  • Lodge deck offers sweeping views, and a pool to cool down in

Sausage Tree Safari Camp

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Price tier (pps): R200  R1500+

Child policy: 8 years and older

22km from Hoedspruit


-24.2157, 30.8937


If you want an authentic taste of Africa, there is nothing that quite beats the experience of sleeping under canvas. Like the explorers of old, guests at Sausage Tree sleep in tents, which give you a true connection to the surrounding bushveld; but the experience is a far cry from the rusticity of camping.

The African-style tents, shaded by iconic marula, knobthorn and sausage trees, are tastefully decorated and each has comfortable double or twin beds. As they are built on platforms, guests can enjoy special views of the attractive dry river bed and bush from the canvas chairs on the spacious wooden decks, with the vistas stretching to the blue beauty of the Drakensberg escarpment in the distance.

The Limpopo bushveld can get particularly hot during summer, but air-conditioning in each unit ensures that each guest can sleep comfortably, while the gauze netting on the windows and tent flaps keeps out the critters that are particularly active during the warm months.

Each tent has an en-suite bathroom with free-standing bath and an outdoor shower that puts you on very personal terms with the bush.

The camp’s communal areas include a comfortable lounge where an extensive cooked breakfast and filling lunch are served, weather permitting. Meals are often enjoyed in the company of wildlife as the waterhole below attracts animals like bees to nectar.

Between the morning and afternoon game drives, a dip in the pool is immensely refreshing. Conducted by enthusiastic and experienced game rangers, the drives are the highlight of a stay at Sausage Tree.

The 40 000ha private reserve covers a varied range of habitats and is home to the Big Five, many other game species and plenty of birds. Your rangers will happily customise the drives to suit your particular interests.

The afternoon drive continues into the early evening and you return to the camp to enjoy a dinner served in the boma under the sparkling night sky. The bar is well-stocked and features a selection of fine South African wines to be savoured with your meal.

For those wanting to hone their wildlife photography skills, the camp also runs a photographic workshop that covers theoretical aspects and practical tuition out in the bush. 

The camp is family-owned and managed, and you can be assured of very personalised, warm service from your hosts, who all have a long-established connection with the African bush. 

If you’re staying for a lengthy period of time and want to experience more adventure, there is a variety of exciting day tours that can be undertaken from the camp. Among many other attractions, animal rehabilitation centres, elephant interaction, hot air-ballooning, boat cruises and the spectacular Blyde River Canyon are all within comfortable driving distance.

Rates & Summary

5 Safari Tents

Each sleeps 2 in double/twin beds
En-suite bath and outdoor shower
Private deck


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Full Board


Children 8 years and older are welcome.

Why Stay Here?

Sausage Tree Safari Camp is situated in the Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. The camp offers full board accommodation in five luxury safari tents nestled underneath a forest of indigenous trees. Guests at Sausage Tree will love the distinctive safari feel of sleeping under canvas, while enjoying luxury comforts and scenic views of the bush from raised decks. Game drives offer a better than average chance of seeing see the Big Five and other wildlife. With space for just ten guests, exclusivity and personalised service are guaranteed.


  • Classic canvas luxury tents on a Big 5 conservancy harken back to the explorers of yesteryear
  • Intimate camp accommodates only 10 guests and offers personalised service
  • Lodge deck offers sweeping views, and a pool to cool down in

Things to consider Bringing

Sunblock, hat, walking shoes, swimming costume, swimming towels, binoculars for bird watching/game viewing.

Road Conditions

The roads leading to the camp are tarred.

Activities & Attractions

  • Swimming pool
  • Spa treatments
  • Game viewing
  • Photographic workshops

Nearby: Tours offered on site for excursions include Kruger National Park, Panorama Tour, Jabulani Elephant Interaction, Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre, Daktari Day Tours, Olifants Boat Cruise, Nyani Cultural Village, Blyde Waterfall Hike, Hot Air Ballooning, Microlight Flights.


Accommodation & Hospitality

  • Communal lounge
  • Dining table
  • Verandah / patio
  • Air conditioning
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Swimming towels supplied
  • Hair dryer available
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry service available
  • Ironing service available
  • Self-service tea and coffee available
  • No smoking indoors

Catering & Kitchen

  • Full board
  • Licensed


  • Water supply good for drinking
  • Electric geysers
  • Eskom electricity

Leisure Amenities

  • Swimming pool
  • Garden

Business & Connectivity

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Good cell phone reception

Access & Convenience

  • Not wheelchair friendly
  • Child friendly
  • No pets allowed
  • Covered parking
  • Nearest shops further than 10km
  • Nearest fuel further than 10km
  • Shuttle service can be arranged


  • Credit cards accepted
  • EFT accepted
  • Cash accepted


  • Personal safe







The Mopani region is a heady mix of mountain and bushveld, history and culture. Mopani includes the towns of Tzaneen, Giyani, Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. It also includes sections of the northern Drakensberg mountains, parts of the Kruger National Park and an eastern chunk of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon. Think dramatic mountain scenery, ancient rivers and unspoiled wilderness reserves.

Mopani is named after an edible worm, of all things. The best way to discover the delights of the region is by exploring the Valley of the Olifants self-drive tourism route. This takes you through wilderness areas with excellent mountain views. It is this combination of mountain and bush that gives the Mopani region its special charm.

The route is named after the Olifants (Lepelle) River, which cuts its way through steep mountains and then flows through the Kruger National Park to join the Limpopo River.

From the quaint hamlet of Haenertsburg, north-east of Polokwane, the panoramic 40km-long Magoebaskloof Pass descends 600m in a series of dizzying bends to the subtropical town of Tzaneen. Every bend greets you with a different surprise: waterfalls, historic bluegum trees, lookout points, nurseries and roadside stalls.

Surrounded by blue-green mountains, Tzaneen is a laid-back centre of agriculture and farming. From here you can explore wilderness and mountains, visit the realm of the legendary Rain Queen, and see the country’s biggest baobab tree.

From Tzaneen it’s a pleasant drive through scenic bushveld to the towns of Phalaborwa and Hoedspruit. Phalaborwa was established in 1958 after the discovery of huge mineral deposits. It is the central gateway to the Kruger National Park via the Phalaborwa Gate. It’s a small but busy town that reaches scorching summer temperatures.

Apart from having the biggest opencast mine in the world, Phalaborwa’s other claim to fame is that it’s the closest town to the Kruger National Park. It’s a five-minute drive from the centre of town to the Phalaborwa Gate. Residents are used to the ‘Hippo Crossing’ signs and the odd warthog trundling down the high street.

Hoedspruit is a centre for surrounding wildlife reserves, private reserves, game reserves and conservation centres. The town is known for its bushveld beauty and conservation ethos and is a stepping stone to assorted bush adventures. These include game viewing, birding, hiking, river rafting and mountain climbing.

The Mopani region also includes the eastern part of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon, offering the essential ‘Kruger to Canyon’ experience that combines mountains and bush. Travellers from Mpumalanga to Hoedspruit will arrive via the scenic Abel Erasmus Pass, which descends 800m in its 24km length.

The highlight is the 133,5m-long Strijdom Tunnel where you emerge from cool darkness into bright sunlight nearly a thousand metres above the Olifants River valley.

Look out for

The northern Drakensberg & Wolkberg wilderness areas - he mountainous heart of Mopani is the Wolkberg Wilderness and Magoebaskloof. This is hiking, birding, fishing, strolling, rambling and botanising territory. If you’re into extreme stuff and adrenalin rushes, you can take a canopy tour, go kloofing, abseiling, river rafting, white water tubing and mountain biking.

The Realm of the Rain Queen - This is set in the village of Modjadji, in mountain foothills, near Tzaneen. It is said that Queen Modjadji settled here after fleeing Zimbabwe in the late 17th century. She brought with her special rain summoning powers, and started the matriarchal Bolobedu tribe. Modjadji is also home to the Modjadji Cycad Reserve, which has thousands of species of the rare endemic cycad (Transvenosus encephalartos) that dates back to the time of the dinosaur.

The country’s biggest baobab - The Sunland Baobab, as it’s officially known, is named after the farm where it has grown for over 4 000 years. This gentle giant is 22m high and has a 47m circumference. Get up close and personal with this giant at Sunland Farm, near Tzaneen. You’ll discover why the surreal baobab is a source of great legend, and the symbol of Limpopo province.

Kruger to canyon trip - The Mopani region’s hallmark is the combination of mountain and bush. The area between the central Kruger National Park and the eastern reaches of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon offers amazing nature and adventure opportunities. These include gentle sundowner cruises and tranquil bushveld walks, adrenalin-charged river rafting and gorge swinging. This part of Mopani has excellent views of lichen-clad cliff faces and dramatic kloofs and canyons.

The Lowveld and the Kruger Park - The Mopani region offers direct access to the central and northern parts of the Kruger National Park. It also leads to the Mpumalanga Lowveld, famed for its game-rich reserves. Just inside the Phalaborwa Gate is the Masorini Museum, a Late Iron Age archaeological site showing smelting furnaces, homesteads and historic implements. Another highlight is the Elephant Museum at Letaba Camp, which is an easy drive from Phalaborwa. Letaba is a pretty camp overlooking the river, where elephant sightings are practically guaranteed. In the northern Kruger Park, near Punda Maria, is Thulamela National Heritage Site. A significant archaeological site, with hillsides that are filled with stone ruins that tell the story of an ancient culture that settled here in the 15th century.

Bush to beach - It is now possible to take this route from the Phalaborwa gate all the way to the beaches of the Indian Ocean in Mozambique. Travellers drive through the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park, which includes the Kruger National Park and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. The border post is a Giriyondo, near the Massingir Dam.

Kruger to Canyon Birding Route - This route starts at the beginning of the Blyde (Motlatse) River Canyon at God’s Window. It follows Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route and enters Limpopo via the dramatic Abel Erasmus Pass. From there it leads to Hoedspruit and into the central Kruger Park.

Hans Merensky Golf Course - Undoubtedly the best golfing experience in Mopani. This famous course, designed by Bob Grimsdell, is adjacent to the Kruger National Park. It offers players a unique opportunity to tee off amongst the wildlife.

Wildlife and conservation - Apart from being part of a massive transfrontier park, the Mopani region offers incredible opportunities for viewing wildlife. It’s also a conservation centre. In and around Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa are a variety of wildlife breeding and rehabilitation centres. There are also ranger training camps and guided wilderness experiences.

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